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Untitled Poppy Collage # 1, 9″ x 12″ Encaustic, Repurposed watercolor painting on rice paper, acrylic paint,  and sharpie on  Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 2, 9″ x 12″,  Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, Poppy Pods & Stem on          Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 3, 6″ x 9″,  Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor Painting on Rice Paper, Sharpie, Acrylic, on Board.

Untitled Poppy Collage # 4, 9″ x 12″, Encaustic, Repurposed Watercolor on Rice Paper, Acrylic, Sharpie, on Board.

In these works I started by cutting a failed watercolor painting  on rice paper that I then  collaged with an acrylic medium onto paper.  When that was done I cut it into pieces and composed pieces on four separate panels.  The panels had been painted previously as well and set aside.  The collages were then assembled using encaustic medium, which is a wax medium applied with a certain technique.  I added additional pieces of painted rice paper drawn on with a sharpie to add contrast to the composition.

If you are new to encaustic I suggest checking it out.  I absolutely love encaustic.   It can be mixed with pigment or used as a semi-transparent layer.  I use bleached natural bees wax in these pieces to adhere layers of paper to my board, which was first painted.  To see more of my encaustic work check out this link:  http://hollysuzannefilbert.com/collections/42779.



Feedback Desired!

I am selecting one of these for inclusion in a catalogue announcing an exhibition I’m showing in this summer through Vivid Arts Network in Toronto.  Your comments are welcome!  Thanks!  -Holly Suzanne

Above:  Fire Dance  Mixed Media on Paper  36″ x 30″

Above;  Blue Sway, Mixed Media on Paper,  36″ x 24″
                       Three Part Harmony,  Mixed Media Monoprint on Paper,  36″ x 30″

Repurposed Design

I discovered a new medium awhile back that I’ve found to be a versatile collage material when fused between wax paper using a hot iron…This new to me medium is the common plastic bag that comes with anything purchased. When fused between layers of wax paper it can be drawn on with sharpie, painted with acrylic, and sewn by hand or with a sewing machine. I’ve done all of this in the three images attached below. One of the things I like best about this medium is the translucency and ability to build up texture by twisting the plastic before fusing. The possibilities are endless!